Medical Billing and Coding Online Courses

Learn how the billing and coding process works in the healthcare field.

Medical Billing and Coding Student

Medical Billing and Coding Training Online

You’re more than organized. You like creating structure. And you’re ready for a new career. Well, say hello to Ultimate Medical Academy and our Medical Billing and Coding online courses.

As a student in this program, you’ll learn how to interpret medical terms into the codes used for billing. You’ll become familiar with the insurance billing process, learn software applications and more. This is a rewarding career, and it’s growing in demand! Want to talk about it?

Why should I earn my associate degree from UMA?

Earning an associate degree from UMA may impact your future by making you stand out to employers and providing you with a strong educational platform to pursue a new career. Let us help you gain the job skills needed to work in healthcare so you are prepared to seek some of the 2.3 million new jobs that are projected through 2024.1

Our programs include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online classroom. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue a career in the fast growing healthcare industry.1 Outside the classroom, our career services team gets you interview ready so you can pursue your new career.

According to independent research published by Georgetown University, associate degree holders on average earn $400,000 more over their lifetimes compared to the earnings for someone with just a high school diploma.2 An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for future promotions. Let UMA help you change your future.

Helping you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.

Job outlook for medical billing and coding.

Working environments for medical billers and coders include physician offices, insurance companies, medical offices and more. Graduates can apply for entry-level positions as a billing specialist, coder, medical biller and coder, medical insurance verifier, medical reviewer, records clerk and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for this career field is projected to grow 21% between 2014 and 2024.3

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Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

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The associate degree program can be completed in as little as 17 months.

May vary according to individual student.

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92% of UMA online students in this program that completed the survey said they were satisfied overall with their decision to enroll in UMA.

Source: Averaged results from the “Ultimate Medical Academy Online Quarterly Student Survey” for all four quarters in 2016 (4,942 responses).
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  • Medical Billing and Coding Online Courses

    How long is the degree program? 17 months (may vary according to individual student).

    Associate Degree – Medical Billing and Coding

    Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in your state.
    Typical Required Courses:
    Diagnostic Coding for MBC 4 Credits
    Procedural Coding I for MBC 4 Credits
    Procedural Coding II for MBC 3.5 Credits
    Billing and Coding Application with Simulation 3 Credits
    Introduction to Computers 2.5 Credits
    Introduction to Healthcare Communication 3 Credits
    Medical Terminology 4 Credits
    Medical Law, Ethics, and Records Management 4 Credits
    Healthcare Settings, Claim Cycle, and Claims Processing 4 Credits
    Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4 Credits
    Student Success 1 Credit
    Career Success 2 Credits
    Computer Fundamentals 3 Credits
    Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
    Working with People 3 Credits
    Total 48 Credits
    Typical General Education Courses:
    English Composition 3 Credits
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
    College Math 3 Credits
    General Biology 3 Credits
    Sociology 3 Credits
    Total 15 Credits
    Program Total 63 Credits

    • Diploma – Medical Billing and Coding

      How long is the diploma program? 10 months online (may vary according to individual student).

      Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in your state.
      Diagnostic Coding for MBC 4 Credits
      Procedural Coding I for MBC 4 Credits
      Procedural Coding II for MBC 3.5 Credits
      Billing and Coding Application with Simulation 3 Credits
      Introduction to Computers 2.5 Credits
      Introduction to Healthcare Communication 3 Credits
      Medical Terminology 4 Credits
      Medical Law, Ethics, and Records Management 4 Credits
      Healthcare Settings, Claim Cycle, and Claims Processing 4 Credits
      Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4 Credits
      Student Success 1 Credit
      Career Success 2 Credits
      Total 39 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

What is medical billing and coding?

What is medical billing and coding?

When healthcare providers record the details about the services they provide for a patient, they use a universal coding system called medical coding. The insurance companies require that the services they pay for be translated into this medical coding system. Medical billing is the process of sending a bill for payment to an insurance company or other payer. Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.

Want to know how to become a medical biller and coder?

Want to know how to become a medical biller and coder?

You’ll need industry training which includes teaching you how to use medical terms, how the insurance billing system works, and how to translate medical procedures, services and equipment into medical codes.

Where can I find training?

Where can I find training?

Nowadays, you can find online and on campus. UMA offers online training. The real question is which learning experience is better for you? Learn more about online learning at UMA.

Is there a difference between medical billing and coding schools?

Is there a difference between medical billing and coding schools?

Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.4 UMA is a school that offers programs which include one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

What types courses would I take?

What types courses would I take?

As an MBC student at UMA, you’ll take courses on a wide range of topics. You’ll study medical terminology, medical codes, the healthcare claim cycle, the human body (anatomy) and more. To see a list of the typical courses you would take at UMA to become a medical biller and coder, see the courses section on this page or consult the UMA Catalog.

What’s it like to take medical billing and coding courses online?

What’s it like to take medical billing and coding courses online?

Online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, live learning labs, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.

Do you have to be certified to work in this industry?

Do you have to be certified to work in this industry?

No. You do not need certification to work as a medical biller and coder. However, getting your Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential could help you stand out in the field as an applicant. UMA can help you prepare to take the CPC exam after you graduate. To learn more, see the above section entitled, “Helping you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.”

What is a typical medical billing and coding salary?

What is a typical medical billing and coding salary?

You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Salaries depend on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about medical billing and coding salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”

What’s the best school for your needs?

What’s the best school for your needs?

Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.

  Where can I find more info about being a medical biller/coder?
Gainful Employment

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Diploma – Medical Billing and Coding.

Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/student-information/#ge and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.

1http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/projections-occupation.htm 2Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, The College Payoff, 2014,https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/collegepayoff-summary.pdf 3http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Office-and-Administrative-Support/Secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm#tab-6 4According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone or text message via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy about your education at the phone numbers you provided above, including any wireless number(s). You are not obligated to agree to automated contact to enroll; instead, you may call us at 888-205-2510. Note that even non-automated calls are recorded for quality assurance.